The Société de développement communautaire Prescott-Russell Community Development Corporation (SDCPRCD) sent out a one-page summary to the mayors and councils of Prescott-Russell of the most recent comparison of population changes for the region based on national census data.
The review shows that overall, Prescott-Russell’s population continues to grow, with two municipalities recording double-digit increases in their populations based on comparisons of census results for 2011, 2016 and 2020. Four other municipalities also show increases in their populations while two have seen slight declines in their total number of residents.
Prescott-Russell’s overall population for last year is estimated at more than 95,600 people compared to more than 89,000 in 2016. That is a 7.1 per cent increase during the past few years and close to double the 4.6-per cent population growth for the period between 2011 and 2016.
The two municipalities showing the greatest population increases are Russell Township with more than 19,500 residents estimated in 2021, an 18.6-per cent increase since 2016, and the Municipality of Casselman with almost 4000 people, an 11.6-per cent increase since 2016.
Other municipalities with increases since 2016 are the City of Clarence-Rockland with more than 26,500, which is an 8.1-per cent increase; The Nation Municipality, with 13,350, which is 4.2-per cent more than in 2016; Alfred-Plantagenet Township with almost 10,000 residents, a 2.8-per cent increase; and East Hawkesbury Township, with almost 3500 people, a 3.7-per cent increase since 2016.
The two municipalities showing small declines in their populations since 2016 are Champlain Township, with 8,665 residents, which 0.5-per cent fewer than its 2016 census figure, and Hawkesbury, with 10,194 people, a 0.7-per cent decline since 2016.